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Paul Manafort facing more criminal charges in Russia investigation

New criminal charges have been filed against Donald Trump's former campaign chairman.
New criminal charges have been filed against Donald Trump's former campaign chairman. AP Photo/Matt Rourke

New sealed criminal charges have been filed in federal court in the criminal case brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller against U.S. President Donald Trump’s former campaign aides Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, a court record seen by Reuters on Wednesday showed.

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The single page, filed at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, does not shed light on the nature of the new charges.

Its inclusion in a binder in the court clerk’s office that is routinely updated with new criminal charges signals that Mueller’s office has filed a superseding indictment replacing a previous one from last year.

Manafort, who was Trump’s campaign manager for almost five months in 2016, and Gates, who was deputy campaign manager, were indicted by Mueller’s office in October.

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They face charges including conspiracy to launder money, conspiracy to defraud the United States and failure to file as foreign agents for lobbying work they did on behalf of the pro-Russian Ukrainian Party of Regions. Both have pleaded not guilty.

Last Friday, Mueller’s office revealed in a court filing that it had uncovered “additional criminal conduct” by Manafort in connection with a series of “bank frauds and bank fraud conspiracies” related to a mortgage on his Fairfax, Virginia property.

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The Special Counsel’s office declined to comment on the new court filing, and attorneys forManafort and Gates could not be immediately reached for comment. A spokesman for Manafortdeclined to comment.

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Mueller is probing Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election, whether Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia and whether the Republican president has unlawfully sought to obstruct the investigation. Russia denies the allegations and Trump denies any collusion.

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